An earlier criminal charge of drug distribution for incidents which allegedly took place on Nov. 21, 2010 resulted in the Cecil County States Attorney dropping the charges on Sept. 9, 2011. Smith had been arrested by Rising Sun Police Officer First Class Dan Stickney. Following filings by the Public Defender for the prosecution to provide access to the state chemist to validate the alleged drugs, a motion for a speedy trial and for discovery of evidence, and the Cecil prosecutors folded and dropped the charges.
On Nov. 15, 2011, Smith and Engelberth and a third co-defendant were charged by Maryland State Trooper Chad E. Warner with burglary, rogue and vagabond and theft by warrant in District Court for incidents dating from Oct. 31, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2011. The case was forwarded to Circuit Court for a jury trial and Smith was represented by another Public Defender, E. B. Fockler IV. (See above)
The most recent criminal charges against Smith prior to the murder charges, came on Sept. 9, 2014 when he was charged in Cecil County District Court with five criminal charges including theft, credit card theft, theft by counterfeit, identity theft and use of another’s credit card. The charges were placed by Detective William Sewell. A trial date is set for Dec. 8, 2014.
(FREDERICK, MD) – Maryland State Police report that three people are dead following the mid-air crash of a small plane and a helicopter that occurred this afternoon in Frederick.
WJLA reporter Jay Korff reports that NTSB officials said that the unique parachute system saved the lives of the two men in the airplane.
The three deceased victims are identified as Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster, MD, William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado, and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, MD. Investigators have determined all three men were on-board the helicopter. Who was piloting the helicopter has not been verified at this time.
The two persons in the airplane are identified as Scott V. Graeves, 55, of Brookeville, MD, and Gilbert L. Porter, 75, of Sandy Spring, MD. Both had been taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD, but were released from the hospital this evening. Graeves was the pilot of the airplane and Porter was his passenger.
•Mr. Purnell was a sentenced inmate housed at the MD Reception, Diagnostic, and Classification Center in Baltimore who was also awaiting trial on additional charges. He was released despite the pending charges for which he is due to stand trial next month.
The victim has been positively identified as a 19 year old male from Bear, Delaware. Preliminary investigation and examination of physical evidence at the scene by Troopers has determined that there does not appear to be suspicious circumstances, and foul play is not suspected surrounding his death. The Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Dover Police report that a Dover man was arrested at 11:32 pm on Oct. 22, 2014 on drugs and weapon charges after fleeing from police in a vehicle.
Police say that Officers from the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Kings Highway and Division Street, operated by Anthony Benson, 34, after learning that he had an active capias for his arrest
Joyce Marie Rulapaugh endangered kids – St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on October 9, 2014, Deputy Bowen responded to a residence located on Catalina Lane in California, after several witnesses reported a vehicle passing a stopped school bus with red lights flashing.
Deputy Bowen made contact with suspect Joyce Marie Rulapaugh, 50, of California, who matched the description provided by witnesses. Rulapaugh refused to provide Deputy Bowen with her driver’s license and registration information so he may issue her a traffic citation. Eventually, Rulapaugh retrieved her driver’s license only to hold it up in the air refusing to allow Deputy Bowen to see it.
The fire originated in 402 where 2 adults and 4 children were sleeping. One child succumbed to injuries received at the scene and one child is being actively searched for at this time. The occupants of 404 escaped without injury.
When an employee offered to assist the suspects, Rivera quickly declined the offer and continued to roam the store with the other suspect. A short time later, the suspects removed a total of 30 Northface brand jackets valued at $131.90 each for a total of $3957.00 and fled into a silver color Honda, then fleeing the parking lot.
OCEAN CITY, MD. Ocean City Police Officer Michael Richardson arrested Margaret Jane Benchama, 52, of 9525 Old Ocean City Blvd on Oct. 22, 2014 on charges of distribution of drugs filed in the District Court for Worcester County, Md. The arrest took place at 100 64th Street in Ocean City, according to police.